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How to Maintain Mindfulness While Being a Digital Nomad
Mindfulness is important for anyone to stay in the present moment, decrease stress, and regulate their emotions. It helps improve sleep, improve mental health, achieve our goals, and deal with work issues successfully.
And a digital nomad life might specifically call for mindfulness when being away from family gets tough or when your internet goes out for the third time today.
We have six practices that will help you keep your center grounded and ready for what the day has in store for you.
1. Practice gratitude
When you wake up in the morning, make a cup of coffee and sit down with a journal.
Write down everything you’re thankful for in your life. We suggest making it a habit to write down at least three things you’re grateful for today.
They can be anything from being thankful for the ability to walk to gratefulness for having healthy children to gratitude for your hobby.
Practicing gratitude will help you stay mindful by helping you see the beauty in your life.
2. Mindful breathing
Mindful breathing helps you check in with your body and your mind.
Notice where you’re holding your tension. Relax your face, shoulders, and back.
As a remote worker, take advantage of going outside and enjoying your surroundings while taking deep breaths, or find a comfortable spot on your couch to relax and breathe deeply.
Bringing attention to your body and mind will help you recognize what you personally need, stay present during your work calls, and give your undivided attention to your child.
3. Take breaks
To add to mindful breathing, taking breaks to breathe deeply or recharge in any other way will go a long way.
Being mindful can slip away when you’re constantly on the go and worrying about your to-do list.
When you’re working hours at a time, make a point to take a 10-minute break each hour or two. You’ll find yourself more refreshed when you come back to your computer.
4. Yoga and meditation
Movement, in general, will help with maintaining mindfulness. But yoga especially calms and relaxes your body and mind.
Yoga will also help with any aches and pains you might endure while sitting for a long period of time.
While you’re in child’s pose or downward facing dog, focus on your breath and pay attention to your body’s positioning.
Writing down three things you’re grateful for might do the trick for some, but some might find that they like to jot down their thoughts.
Writing down how you’re feeling helps prioritize your concerns, improve your mood, and identify negative thoughts while giving an opportunity for positive self-talk.
We’ve all experienced that moment when someone is speaking, but it’s hard to pay attention because something much greater is clouding our minds. Writing down your thoughts will make your problems feel smaller and help you stay present during these times.
6. Slow down
Most importantly, remember just to slow down and find that work-life balance.
You don’t need to get everything done today. Write down a list of a few things you can realistically do by the end of the day and just focus on those. Other unimportant things can wait while quality time with your dog cannot.
You’re already Superman or Supergirl in their eyes.
How can I maintain mindfulness as a digital nomad?
- Practice gratitude. Make it part of your morning routine to write down at least three things you’re grateful for today.
- Mindfully breathe. Breathing deeply while bringing attention to your body and mind will help you stay present throughout your day.
- Take breaks often. When you’re working and sitting for hours at a time, make a point to take a 10-minute break each hour or two.
- Do yoga and meditation. Both yoga and meditation calm and relax your body and mind to help you stay mindful.
- Journal. Writing down how you’re feeling helps improve your mood, identify negative thoughts, and allow positive self-talk.
- Slow down. Don’t lose sight of what’s important. Write down a list of a few things you can realistically get done by the end of the day while leaving time for personal fun and time with your loved ones.